Our God is Jehovah Tsebaoth, “Yahweh, lord of armies.”
Pastoral helps for an important daily practice
Whoever confesses his transgressions will obtain mercy (Proverbs 28:13).
We live our lives before God, and nothing is hidden from Him. He knows what we think, say, and do. So pausing daily for personal confession makes sane spiritual sense. If you don’t already do so, now, in the middle of the Lenten season, is a perfect time to start. Here are three prayers that have shaped my practice of confession. When prayed with an honest and engaged heart, I believe they can help you too.
First is the well-known prayer from The Book of Common Prayer:
Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us, that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.
The following prayer is an excerpt from a longer one found in The Valley of Vision, an excellent collection of Puritan prayers;
Holy Lord, I have sinned times without number and been guilty of pride and unbelief, of failure to find your mind in your Word, of neglect to seek you in my daily life. My transgressions and short-comings present me with a list of accusations. But I thank you that they will not stand against me, for all have been laid on Christ.
This one, adapted from The Book of Common Worship, reminds us of God’s grace to change us in the future:
Gracious God, my sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what my lips tremble to name, what my heart can no longer bear, and what has become for me a consuming fire of judgment. Set me free from a past that I cannot change; open to me a future in which I can be changed; and grant me grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; through Jesus Christ, the light of the world.
The Grand Narrative: This class will not meet March 17 and 24. It will resume March 31 at 9:30 a.m. in Harris Hall.
Women’s Bible Study: Join a new six-week Lent/Easter series beginning on Tuesday, March 12 at Women's Bible Study that focuses not on giving up things for Lent, but sharpening our spiritual focus - delighting in God, welcoming the stranger, living a more simple life, letting God search our heart, and worshiping. Begins at 9:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Free childcare for children ages 5 and under. Questions? Contact Mary McCormack at email@example.com.
The Jesus Film is coming to Stone Hill: You’re invited to experience Jesus in a unique way: see the story of the Gospel told through film. We are showing The Jesus Film in six different languages simultaneously in one night (English, Spanish, Tamil, Mandarin, Haitian Creole, and Turkish). There will be a time of Q&A after the movie. Invitations for each language being shown are available at the Missions Corner. Please join us on Saturday, March 23 at 7 p.m. and invite a friend!
Discipleship Opportunity: We are hoping to provide follow-up for those who come to see the Jesus Film on March 23 at 7 p.m. For those viewers who would like to take next steps, we would like to pair them up one-to-one with a mentor for 7 weeks to work through a curriculum of essential Bible passages. If you are interested in mentoring, or being mentored, please contact Brian Edgerly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stone Hill 101 (Membership Class) on March 24th after the 2nd service: Do you want to learn more about our church? Stone Hill 101 is designed for you to survey the history, doctrine, vision, government, and the membership process of Stone Hill Church. This class is designed for everyone and serves as a membership prerequisite. This 3 hour class will be held on March 24 after the 2nd service in Harris Hall. Lunch is provided. Childcare will also be provided for those who have young children. Please contact Pastor Jin Lee at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Spring Choir Concert: On Saturday, April 13 at 6:30 p.m.– 8 p.m. the choir will be singing 15 “Spirituals” and Dr. Steven Ford will be giving the history and context of these spirituals. This will be an amazing evening of great music and educational enrichment. Free admission. Enjoy light refreshments after the concert. Hope to see you there.
ROAR Camp 2019: July 8-12th. Go wild as a volunteer at ROAR Camp! Help kids celebrate that God is good through all of life's wild adventures. Register online today to volunteer at http://bit.ly/campvols2019. Camper registration begins on April 1.
Employment Opportunity: Stone Hill Learning Center is seeking two qualified candidates to teach the following classes during the 2019-2020 academic year: High School Chemistry (requires 4 hours of classroom time each week for instruction and lab) and Latin I (requires 2.5 hours of classroom time each week). Applicant must be a committed Christian, have a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent) in the subject area, and experience teaching middle school and high school students. Please contact Kim Torquato, Director, at LearningCenter@stonehillprinceton.org for more information.
The Elders have formed the Candidate Review Team (CRT): The Elders have formed the Candidate Review Team (CRT) as part of our process for identifying our next senior pastor. Their names are listed below. You are encouraged to speak with any of them to give your opinion and feedback about our pastoral search process. In addition, you may continue to use the email address firstname.lastname@example.org for questions and comments. Please understand that the details of the process and what may or may not be happening are not things they can readily share with you in return. However, the CRT will communicate regularly with the Stone Hill Church congregation through email, bulletin announcements and website updates. Please pray for the CRT and the Elders as they undertake this important task. The members of the Candidate Review Team are: Martha Acosta, Mary Castria, Eunju Chung, Jericho Cruzado, Madhu Gammon, Denise Manheimer, James Martin, Ilner Polo, Sean Schools, Doug Megill, and Curt Richmond.